The Royal Australian Mint has released (10th March) new silver Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated base metal coins to mark the centenary anniversary of establishing the Rotary Club in Australia. Originally founded in 1905 in the city of Chicago, Illinois, by attorney Paul P. Harris (1868–1947), his incredible goal was to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services and advance goodwill and peace in the world. In 1921, the first Rotary charter in Australia was established in Melbourne, and, soon after, a charter was established in Sydney.
The coins are designed by Stevan Stojanovic, who has focused on the Rotary’s mark of excellence, the distinctive Rotary wheel, which is featured in the centre of the reverse. The wheel is surrounded by text and the five core values of Rotary — INTEGRITY, SERVICE, DIVERSITY, FELLOWSHIP, and LEADERSHIP — and the centenary dates of the establishment of Rotary in Australia, 1921 – 2021. The limited-edition base-metal coins include a colour application. Surrounding the design is a commemorative inscription above the primary design CENTENARY OF ROTARY IN AUSTRALIA with the denomination of 5 DOLLARS (silver) or 1 DOLLAR (base metal) underneath.
The obverse side includes the Commonwealth effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, created by British engraver and artist Jody Clark, and was introduced onto Australian coinage in 2020.
Each silver Proof $5 coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Australian Mint-branded two-piece case, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. The Brilliant Uncirculated $1 coins are encased in a coin-card format with informative text and commemorative images. For additional information about these coins and other coins available from the Royal Australian Mint, please visit their website.